Seven California Chamber of Commerce member companies have been ranked among the “50 Best Small and Medium-Size Companies to Work For” by Fortune magazine.
Small companies were defined by Fortune as those having between 25 and 249 employees. Of the 25 small companies that were ranked, five are CalChamber member companies:
• No. 10: Insomniac Games (Burbank, CA) is an independent video game developer that focuses on AAA console games. Ted Price, founder and CEO, has group lunches with random staff members on a weekly basis, and meets with staffers for 30-minute one-on-one conversations. Community day events invite fans to the studio for lunch and to meet the team. The company provides annual training for full-time salaried employees and provides unlimited paid days of conference attendance, as well as incentives to speak at conferences.
• No. 17: Stellar Solutions (Palo Alto, CA) is an aerospace consulting firm that invests in employee development programs such as college tuition reimbursement and annual training for full-time salaried employees. Many Stella Solutions employees are aerospace engineers, and the company aims to find “dream jobs” for its engineers to work on. Those jobs currently include human space exploration, climate and weather satellites, and robotic space exploration satellites. Staff gets to work onsite with customers, which include federal agencies and defense contractors.
• No. 21: The City of Rancho Cordova runs like a business, opening an “office of new ideas” every other week where staff present ideas for new programs and processes to a five-member advisory team. Lunchtime is extended by 30 minutes twice each week for exercising with colleagues. Employee development programs at the City of Rancho Cordova include college tuition reimbursement and annual training for full-time salaried employees. The city government also sends employees each year to the Continuing Education for Public Officials (CEPO) program, where participants immerse themselves in self exploration of their leadership style, leadership skills development and relationship building at a retreat site.
• No. 22: Integrated Project Management (Burr Ridge, IL) provides employees with 100% health care coverage for themselves and their dependents. The plan also includes dental, short-term disability and life insurance. Anyone who refers business to the consulting firm receives a development incentive that amounts to 3% of the first year’s revenue from the new client. The company also provides college tuition reimbursement and new employees participate in a one-year mentoring program.
• No. 25: Xactly (San Jose, CA) is a cloud software company that has its own philanthropic organization, XactlyOne, which organizes volunteer opportunities and projects for employees and family. All employees receive three days of paid time off for volunteering. The company provides college tuition reimbursement, and provides training programs that range from project management and Agile development methodologies to cross-cultural communication and leadership styles. Ninety-eight percent of employees agree that Xactly has great bosses, great communication, great rewards and great challenges.
Two CalChamber member companies made it to the “medium-size workplaces” (250 to 999 employees) portion of the ranking:
• No. 7: Atlassian (San Francisco, CA) was founded in Australia and is a leading provider of collaboration software. Nearly 40,000 large and small organizations, including Citigroup, eBay, Netflix and Coca-Cola, use Atlassian’s tracking, collaboration, communication, service management and development products. The company invests in college or study tuition reimbursement and annual training for full-time salaried employees. Other employee development programs include: providing all employees with an internal blog space so employees learn from each other and share ideas openly; a quarterly “ShipIt” program that allows all employees to spend 24 hours every quarter working in teams to create new solutions for customers or internal improvements; and “RocketFuel,” an interactive onboarding program that provides values, company history and other tools for new employees.
• No. 21: AdRoll (San Francisco, CA) is an advertising tech firm that specializes in digital ads and social media, and recently opened offices in New York, Sydney and Dublin. Employees are invited to teach colleagues in continued learning programs, and regular quarterly curriculum includes programming for nonprogrammers, project management and Zumba.
To view Fortune’s complete list, visit fortune.com.